Here at Pinmoore Animal Laboratory Services (PALS), we use the latest technology available to test samples from smaller animals like cats, dogs and small furries.
How does it work?
Please order your required testing kits and we will make arrangements to deliver your testing kit to you. It comes with instructions and a submission form.
For faecal tests only, to increase our chances of discovering any parasites, we require three faecal faeces samples from different days across a seven-day period. They should be kept somewhere cool, but not in a fridge.
For dogs, cats and small furries, the tests we offer include faecal screen, full parasitology, animal faeces 1 (for bacterial infections) and animal faeces 2 (for bacterial infections but with a full parasitology screen included. For cats only, we also offer tritrichomonas PCR testing.
To learn more about our tests, feel free to drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or give us a call on 01829 781855.
Please note: as we are a laboratory and not a veterinary practice, we do not give advice regarding any treatments that may be available, as this is the responsibility of your exotic vet. Should interpretation be required, it will be stated on your report.
Which test do I need just for parasites?
If you want to test just for parasites, we would recommend a Full Parasitology as this covers all known parasites except lungworm and heartworm in dogs and tritrichomonas in cats.
What bacteria can my pet get?
Your pet can get E. coli, Klebsiella Pneumoniae, Enterobacter, Pseudomonas, Serratia, Non-Fermenters, Salmonella & Campylobacter.
Additionally, yeasts and fungi can also be isolated.
Can I catch these bacteria from my pet?
Yes. Good hygiene is a must, hands must be thoroughly washed with hot water and soap after handling. Please note this should be done in between handling EVERY animal. Antiseptic soap and hand gels are available for added protection.
When will I get my results?
This depends on which test you choose to do, below is a rough guide:
Faecal Screen – 24 hours from receipt
Full Parasitology – 24 hours from receipt
Animal Faeces 1 – At least 48 hours from receipt, but may be longer if we need to do further tests, so could take up to 72 hours.
Animal Faeces 2 – At least 48 hours from receipt, but may be longer if we need to do further tests, so could take up to 72 hours.
Tritrichomonas PCR – 5 working days from receipt.
My pet has tested positive for Salmonella and its says Serotype to follow, how long does this take?
If your reptile has tested positive for Salmonella, we send the sample to a government reference laboratory for confirmation and Serotype, this takes at least eight weeks and the results are sent to you as soon as they are ready.
Should I retest when my pet has been treated?
Ideally, you should retest 2 weeks after all treatment has finished to ensure that the medication has worked and your animal is now clear. Please call the laboratory to see which test is required.